Award created in 2001
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 29, 2016) — Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has announced it will present the Thomas A. Edison Award posthumously to Muhammad Ali.
The Thomas A. Edison Award was created in 2001 to recognize an outstanding former Louisville resident who has successfully pursued their career while keeping this community close to their heart. It is designed to celebrate these leaders and recognize the widespread impact this region has had on the world. Unlike some awards, the Thomas A. Edison Award is not automatically presented each year. Rather, it is awarded in recognition of extraordinary achievement and commitment to our community.
GLI said of Ali, “Known globally for his unmatchable skills inside the boxing ring, Ali left a lasting impact on the world around him with his boundless energy, warm personality, and tireless fight for peace, social justice, and compassion. Long after his boxing career ended he worked hard to improve not only the city of his birth, but also the world around him, guided by his six core principles: confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality.”
Past winners include: Chef Edward Lee; Charles Brewer, founder of Mindspring Enterprises; Joan Herbig, CEO of XcelleNet, Inc.; Shelby Bonnie, founder of CNET; Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE; Joseph P. Clayton, Chairman of Sirius Satellite Radio; My Morning Jacket; Eleanor Griffin, editor-in-chief of Cottage Living Magazine; and Dean Fearing, chef/partner of Fearing’s Restaurant.